That title sounds like it would be a weird metaphor for something, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. Last night, I was on a major writing streak, getting about 1,000 words down in less than an hour. And then I got an email about some suspicious charges on my credit card. Someone stole my card number and racked up about $500 worth of charges on video games, Uber, and snacks at 711 (if you can believe it, over half of the amount was at 711 – what?). So I had to stop writing to call the credit card company to deal with it. Everything worked out, and they were able to remove all the charges and send me a new card and everything, but it completely took the wind out of my writing sails. Luckily, I’d already met my word count goal for yesterday, but I’m still annoyed about it. I was legitimately more angry about having to stop writing than about the fraudulent charges. I’m having a hard time picking up where I left off last night, so I’ve spent the morning reading instead of writing (which isn’t a terrible compromise, let’s be honest). Lesson learned: I need to turn off the email notifications on my computer while I’m writing.
Yesterday aside, I’ve had a really great writing week so far. I’ve discovered I write best either first thing after waking up, or really late at night. I’ve developed a habit of getting a few hundred words in on my novel in the morning, and then really cramming a lot of writing in later in the evening, between about seven and midnight, sometimes continuing until one or two in the morning. I’ve gotten a good rhythm down, and a sort of loose schedule, and I think that’s been pretty helpful.
I’m feeling a bit unmotivated today, and I’m supposed to babysit my cousins later (during my prime writing hours), so I’m not sure I’ll get much writing done today. Plus, I’ve had a bit of a headache and I’m generally just not feeling very literary today. I’m very tempted to just take a day off – my word count is about a day ahead, so I’ll be okay. And tomorrow is Double Up Day, where NaNo participants are challenged to double their word count. So I might just write a little today, and then participate in Double Up Day tomorrow.
This morning I woke up early and finished the second half of The Shining, so I’m still feeling relatively accomplished for the day – I was starting to worry I’d never get through it. Still haven’t decided what book I’m going to pick up next, but I’m thinking something easy, maybe young adult or middle grade. I’m not really in the mood for a book that requires much thinking. If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments!
I hope you’re all having a great NaNoWriMo so far. If you’re participating, you can add me as a writing buddy (my username is stephma). Happy writing everyone!